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Transitions in the Concept of Chronic Pain

Breen, Janice MSN, APRN, BC

Advances in Nursing Science: June 2002 - Volume 24 - Issue 4 - pp 48-59
Health Transitions

Chronic pain is a worldwide problem with significant physical, psychological, and social impacts. Despite its prevalence and cost, the phenomenon is not well understood. An inductive method of concept analysis was used to study the concept of chronic, non-cancerous pain in adults. A random sample of nursing, psychology, and neurophysiology literature published over a 30-year period (1969 through 1999) was used to generate a consensual definition of chronic pain. The transition in the attributes, antecedents, consequences, related concepts, and surrogate terms of chronic pain is described, and the implications of the findings for practice and research are discussed.

Doctoral Candidate; College of Nursing; Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey; New Brunswick, New Jersey; Clinical Assistant Professor; Division of Nursing; New York University; New York, New York

The author gratefully acknowledges Beverly Whipple, PhD, RN, FAAN, Professor Emeritus, Rutgers University, College of Nursing, for her review of this work.

© 2002 Aspen Publishers, Inc.